It may take a village to raise a child but we guarantee at the center of the village you’ll find a great dad. From teaching us how to throw a ball to scaring our first boyfriends, dads play a special role in our lives. In celebration of Father’s Day, the Schwartz Media Strategies team reflected on the words of wisdom their dads have given them.
From priceless one-liners to longer reflections, the advice from our dads:
This quote from my pop sums up his approach to finding happiness, “The grass is always greener, but the work is just the same.”
It’s the way I approach building a business. It’s hard work and it’s stressful but there is joy in the day-to-day. While we build and reach for more, we realize that the grass is green right here. Happiness is how you deal with and appreciate where you are in life at any moment.
I would never have had the guts to start a business if I had never had the experience of watching my dad run his own business. What makes him truly special is how he succeeded after it closed. He was smart enough to never live above his means, even when it was easy to do so. His conservative approach has helped pave the way for the growth of our firm. He’s never cared about being flashy or fashionable – he’s the most genuine person I know – and that goes a long way in business, with family and friends, and in life. It’s really all that matters. My pops is the best and I love him.
My father is a man of very few words, so when he speaks I listen. The most important piece of advice he has given me is to never let the fear of failure prevent me from pursuing a new opportunity in life, business or love.
My dad is the best. He’s given me so much great advice over the years but I think the one that stuck most is the importance of family and community. He taught me – through actions even more than through words – that family always comes first. He also taught me that sometimes doing the right thing is more important than being right and that the two aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive.
Trust your intuition, it never lies.
A lot of girls probably say that their dad can fix anything… but really, my Dad can fix anything. From a young age he taught me the basic survival skills: how-to use a screw driver, how-to properly hang a picture frame with a hammer and level, how-to fill the air in my car’s tires and even how-to build an ikea table (with our without the directions). When I moved into my first apartment he gave me a tool box full of everything I could possibly need, and although I do often fix thing’s on my own, somehow it’s just better when Dad fixes it for me. Thanks for everything Dad – I love you!
If you want to make a good impression, pick up a pen and write a note.
Talk half as much as you listen.
My dad would always tell me that life is full of ups and downs. You have to shake off the mistakes and keep going… but you will learn from them and get better. It’s pretty simple and cliché, but his advice has seen me through plenty of good days and bad days. Love you, Daddy!
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